US issues emergency order to suppress coal dust blasts. Probes of the Upper Big Branch coal mining disaster, which killed 29 people in April, are focusing on coal dust as the likely culprit.
A Christian Science perspective.
President Obama addressed the families of 29 West Virginia coal miners who died in a mine explosion earlier this month. Miners say they hope he will honor his pledge of better safety, but many are skeptical.
On April 12, a 'red shirt' protester takes a photo of where a bullet hit the windshield of a vehicle during clashes on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Investigators say 'no stone will be left unturned' in finding the cause of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. Criminal charges are rare following mine disasters, and causes for explosions can be complex.
Mine rescue chambers have been required since 2006, even though federal authorities could have required them as far back as 1969. But it's still unclear whether miners in this week's explosion in West Virginia could have reached the chambers.
State Police in Montcoal, W.Va., monitor the entrance to the Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine where rescue and recovery efforts have been delayed again on April 9. Twenty-five miners are known to be dead and four remain missing from the explosion at the mine on Monday.